Recently, the team’s data paper came out in Scientific Data. The paper details how Michael, Steph Labou, and Matt created a global dataset of annual lake surface area with co-located basin temperature, precipitation, and human population for over 1.42 million lakes from 1995 through 2015. The team also had the opportunity to write-up a blog post for Scientific Data, where they gave a “Behind the Paper” perspective in how the project went from a casual conversation during a lab meeting to an full-fledged data product and data manuscript. The data, all scripts, and metadata are freely accessible on the Environmental Data Initiative, where the dataset is now EDI’s “New Featured Dataset” of the month! Congrats team!

Conceptual model from Meyer et al. (2020) of how the dataset was aggregated.